The Art of Greek Cuisine
Illustration Greek Cuisine is signified by the extensive use of olive oil, vegetables, herbs, bread, wine, and meats (lamb, rabbit, pork, and poultry most commonly). The vegetables most commonly used include eggplant and zucchini. Some other often used foods include various...
Greek Cuisine is signified by the extensive use of olive oil, vegetables, herbs, bread, wine, and meats (lamb, rabbit, pork, and poultry most commonly). The vegetables most commonly used include eggplant and zucchini. Some other often used foods include various cheeses, yogurts, and olives.
The wide range in tastes, textures, and foods that make up many Greek dishes is part of what makes this cuisine so delicious and popular. You don't have to wait for the fairs and festivals to get your fill of Greek food. Many dishes can be prepared at home, provided you have the recipe and the ingredients!
The story behind Greek Cuisine
How did Greek cuisine come to consist of all of those above foods? Greek cuisine was based on its geography and climate. Ancient Greek cuisine consisted of a 'Mediterranean Triad' of wheat, olive oil, and wine. During this time, meat was rarely eaten, fish was much more common.
Olive oil was a common component because of the widespread olive trees found all throughout Greece. The olive oil is part of what gives Greek food the distinctive taste it has.
Wheat is the main grain used in Greek food. Barley was also grown, but wheat was much more common. Similarly, the climate and geography of Greece made raising sheep and goats much more common than cattle. This meant that goat milk and cheese was more often a component of Greek cuisine.
Traditional Greek Dishes
Did you know that lentil soup, fasolada, and retsina are all dishes that can be traced directly back to Ancient Greece? Some other examples of common Greek foods:
- Pita - bread
- Feta Cheese
- Baklava - Greek Dessert
- Gyros - Meat and pita sandwich. The meat is usually slow cooked over a spit
- Kalamari - Fried squid
- Greek Salad
Try it out
Here are some super easy and tasty Greek recipes for you to try:
- Souvlaki - Tasty main dish with marinated meat.
- Spinach and Feta Pita Bake - Appetizer or main dish that can easily customized.
- Greek Butter Cookies - A nice desert to round out your Greek themed meal (or any meal!)
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